Kook Alert: Greens and Libertarians Ask for Ohio Recount

November 11, 2004

The Sierra Times reports:

David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Green and Libertarian presidential candidates, today announced their joint intent to secure a recount of presidential ballots cast in Ohio.

“Due to widespread reports of irregularities in Ohio’s voting process, we are compelled to demand a recount of the Ohio presidential vote,” the two candidates said in a joint statement. “Voting is at the heart of the American political process and its integrity must be preserved. When Americans stand in line for hours to exercise their right to vote, they need to know that their votes will be counted fairly and accurately. We are acting to protect the rights of the people of Ohio, and the rights of all Americans. Public trust in the democratic process is at stake.”

You have got to be kidding me. Sadly, they are not kidding. And they’re also demanding that Republican Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, recuse himself from the recount process — presumably because he’s a Republican.

These gentlemen can talk all they want to about the integrity of the process, but these constant bogus claims, challenges, and contests concerning mythical irregularities is doing more to damage the integrity of the system than any minor irregularities ever could. Somebody call in the kook patrol.

As Rush has been saying, there is no evidence. This St. Petersburg Times Online article makes this exact point: “Internet post-election rumors missing one little thing: evidence.” The article lists, then answers, these bogus allegations of voting irregularities.